16th November 2015 – Final painting…

A nice early start this morning. Josh has keeper training with Te Amo at Passmores for 9. Just as we get there it starts peeing down… Arse! Still, he enjoys it and comes off buzzing. So off I go as “Daddy had to work this morning”

Get to the garage about 11ish and have another 1½ hours of spraying and the frame is finally finished. Its a very nice, bright yellow and should fit in with the overall theme.

The trainers also got another healthy dose of yellow and I really am thinking they’re now worth around £300…. they’re arty don’t you know! (I am tempted to put these on eBay after chrimbo now!!!)

Anyway a few pics of today’s spraying, along with a picture of my now yellow nostrils (must remember to buy a mask next time, I keep getting yellow boogers!)

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Tuesday 17th Nov – The seat

So the frames painted as are all the plastics. The final piece would be the seat. I’ve tried blowing it out with an air gun but it still looks tatty. So Connor has donated some carpet to the cause and I stripped all the old material off of the seat. Cut down the seams and now have three parts to trace onto the new carpet. Decided to send the middle off to creatidentitee and they are going to stitch my company logo (well I need to have it somewhere!!!!) and the football club badge. Can’t wait ’til its back and I can glue everything back in place!!!

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Thursday 19th Nov – Sticker time!

Connor has offered to stick the stickers on. Thank gawd for that! I really didn’t fancy doing the stickers as I would have screwed them up, got really annoyed at myself, shouted (a lot) and thrown them away! Connor has done a fab job on these and really will give Project Chrimbokart the WOW factor

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Thursday 26th Nov – Buildin’ Time!!!

Popped into creatidentitee today and they were just finishing the seat lining off! Zoomed back to the office and glued all the carpet in place. this looks much better!! Sod work, this kart needs putting back together!!!. A stop off to Ricky at Rickys MOT & Service as Ricky has very kindly offered to lend me his spare kart trolley… no bending down on the floor for me (and being an old boy it was have not helped my back out!!!).

So frame is on the trolley and start going through the bits in the boxes. This has to be THE BEST LEGO SET….EVER!!!! A few hours late and most of it is together. AndyF is going to go over a few bits and bobs but the main bits are together and it does looks pretty damn good (even if I do say so myself!) I swear I’ll go ballistic if he doesn’t pee himself!!!. Anyway a few pics of todays events…. Come on Christmas AAAAARrrrgrggghhhh

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Friday 4th Dec – Final touches?

So, spent the day finishing off a few bits and bobs. Ran the brake and accelerate cables, checked caliper works etc, etc. Nothing really fun, just the last niggly bits. AndyF is gonna give it the once over tomorrow. So fingers crossed we can start it up this weekend?!?!?

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Sunday 6th Dec – It runs!!!!

AndyF has looked it over a there a few bits that aren’t quite right. The rear axle has everything arse about face, I’m guessing the previous owners knew less than me! An hour or so later and the rear is all on, as is the bumper, which was a complete pain in the arse and probably the most difficult part of the whole build. The damn bolt had worked lose and no matter how much we tried http://tramadolfeedback.com would http://buysoma.net just spin around. AndyF worked his magic, shouted at it and hey presto its all together! Ran the fuel lines and added petrol. The moment of truth….. It only bloody fired up Running a little lumpy, but a few tweaks will sort that!!! But it works (phew, I’d been panicing about the engine not working… I’m still waiting for the downside to this building your son a gokart from eBay!)

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Friday 11th December – Finally!!!

Up early this morning as today is the day.. Project Chrimbokart will (FINALLY) be sat on the floor! Nipped round and picked up the freshly pained wheels from yesterday (which do look much better, glad I decided to paint them!) Nipped down to see Cousin Lips (aka my cousin John at Bloomfields) and asked if he would be so kind as to fit the tyres. After much piss taking and references to my large cheeks (diet starts in the new year!) he said he would. Left them with him, did some work (boo, hiss!) and popped back later to pick them up! Nipped back to the garage and fitted them. They make it look as hard as nails!!!!! Lifted it off the stand and for the first time since this madness started its sitting on the floor!!!! AndyF has also fiddled with the carb and its all peachy. Still need to tidy up the chrome parts (I was gonna leave it but AndyF seems to think I need to do this, pretty sure its a pig of a job, almost as bad as the wet and dry session, but I suppose I’d best listen to him!!)

Anyway, here it is, sitting on the floor looking pretty damn mean! oh and a video!!!!!!

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Sunday 20th December – Final polish

Andy F has been awesome this week. He’s stripped and cleaned the carb and put it all back together, Its like having my own elf! (and about the same height too!) Last thing to do is a polish of the chrome parts. A tube of Autosol and some rags, a bit of rubbing action! and they’re all polished! Roll on Christmas morning!
So that’s it.

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Wednesday 23rd Dec – The Lid

Gave the Crash Helmet to Matt at ImageWorx to work his sticky magicness on it. Looks frickin’ aweeeeeeeesome! That’s it, its finished, get a move on Mr Claus coz this dad can not wait until chrimbo!!!

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CHRIMBO DAY – ITS TIME!!!!!!!

Well todays the day. Been up since 5am opening stockings as “Father Christmas has been”.

Gone into the living room and opened pressie. Josh didn’t quite pee himself (although he did fart!!!!) Talk about one happy little boy. I’m not sure he could take it all in at first! As I type he’s is sitting in the kart and is currently refusing to get out! What the heck am I gonna do next year…

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Special thanks to everyone below. Couldn’t have done it without you x

AndyF – For being an all round genius. If it wasn’t for you, this wouldn’t have happened!
Andi Pierce at Sumners FC – Couldn’t have done the whole theme without their consent
Ricky at Rickys MOT and Service Centre – loan of the kart stand and a spare set of overalls
Conner at ImageWorx – For sticking the stickers on and the carpet for the seat
Matt at ImageWorx – For sorting the crash helmet
Cousin Lips at Bloomfield Motor Services – Fitting the tyres
Dean at CreateIdentitee – Stitching on the seat
Sharon at THRGraphics – The graphics set
everyone that I have told (as I really am crap at keeping awesome secrets like this!) that haven’t said a word to anyone. I was worried someone would slip up and let the cat out of the bag!

Happy Christmas all, and have a fab 2016! 🙂